Actor Nargis Fakhri is struggling to make a place for herself in Bollywood being a foreign national.
Speaking to media about her film Housefull 3, Nargis revealed she shies away from nudity required in Bollywood, Filmfare reported.
“It’s good that people liked me. In Bollywood, they like to put us in short clothes. And I am very shy, I don’t like wearing revealing stuff though my image is such,” she said.
Slamming the Bollywood industry’s craze for body dynamics, Nargis said, “Unfortunately, it’s a body-obsessed industry. You want to see someone like me shaking and dancing.”
She shared her ordeal to make a prominent place in the industry. “I had to struggle with the language. I can understand Hindi now but I still can’t communicate. And, things get lost in translation, I feel rejected all the time. I feel like an alien. I feel people don’t like me. People behaved strangely after Rockstar.”
The Rockstar actor revealed that she faced hostile reactions for being an outsider. “I was at the receiving end of much criticism. It’s difficult to make it if you’re not born or raised here. It’s tough coming from another place because things work differently here. But I kept reminding myself that things would get better, not worse,” she said.
The actor explained how she maintains a balance between her professional and personal life. “I have a home and a life. I balance work with my regular life. As long as people hire me, I must be doing something right. If they stop hiring me, I won’t come here anymore.”
Nargis went onto say that she is comfortable to do any kind of work until she can cover her expenses with it. “I can do anything else. I can be anything I want to be. In my country any job is fine, no one is going to judge me. As long as I can pay my bills, afford my meals and have a home,” she said.
She also expressed her desire to make friends in the industry as she feels left out. “I visit them and keep in touch or else I will lose the closeness,” she says. I have no friends here [Bollywood]. Friendship is a two-way thing. It takes efforts by both sides to forge a friendship.
“I do feel lonely and most of the times I talk to myself,” she reveals. Counting her managers, her driver and her domestic staff as friends she says. “I spend so much time with them. In fact, I even help my maid clean up, she added.